Purpose: Three-dimensional planning based on computed tomography images of the malunited and the mirrored contralateral forearm allows preoperative simulations of corrective osteotomies, the fabrication of patient-specific osteotomy guides, and custom-made 3-dimensional printed titanium plates. This study aims to assess the precision and clinical outcome of this technique.
Methods: This was a prospective pilot study with 5 consecutive patients. The mean age at initial injury was 11 years (range, 4-16 years), and the mean interval from the time of injury to the time of corrective surgery was 32 months (range, 7-107 months). Patient-specific osteotomy guides and custom-made plates were used for multiplanar corrective osteotomies of both forearm bones at the distal level in 1 patient and at the middle-third level in 4 patients. Patients were assessed before and after surgery after a mean follow-up of 42 months (range, 29-51 months).
Results: The mean planned angular corrections of the ulna and radius before surgery were 9.9° and 10.0°, respectively. The mean postoperative corrections obtained were 10.1° and 10.8° with corresponding mean errors in correction of 1.8° (range, 0.3°-5.2°) for the ulna and 1.4° (range, 0.2°-3.3°) for the radius. Forearm supination improved significantly from 47° (range, 25°-75°) before surgery to 89° (range, 85°-90°) at final review. Forearm pronation improved from 68° (range, 45°-84°) to 87° (range, 82°-90°). In addition, there was a statistically significant improvement in pain and grip strength.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that 3-dimensional planned patient-specific guides and implants allow the surgeon to perform precise corrective osteotomies of complex multiplanar forearm deformities with satisfactory preliminary results.
Type of study/level of evidence: Therapeutic V.
Keywords: 3-dimensional planning; Forearm; malunion; osteotomy; patient-specific guides and plates.
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